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Freedom In Small Moments

Freedom In Small Moments

Originally posted on May 4, 2016 ElephantWords.co.uk It begins with anticipation. There is a subtle feeling that builds in your stomach but cannot be specifically defined. There is an anxiety, a need, a longing for freedom, to be carried shoreward. Yet you are still on land. You step into the water and paddle against nature but not to defy her, to join her. You continue until you find yourself in a vast expanse of ocean on all sides. Then you…

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The Dance

The Dance

Originally published Mar 9, 2016 ElephantWords.co.uk I reach to hold the position with the grace and balance expected of me. I hold my breath and release as instructed. Somewhere offstage I’m being conducted. The voice, barely audible and distant, lets me know we are about to begin. Breathe. I’ve been instructed to breathe. Breathe. My breath and heartbeat become more rapid and labored for no reason. It’s as if I’m about to be thrown to the lions. I’m filled with…

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How I Taught A Man A Lesson (A.K.A The List)

How I Taught A Man A Lesson (A.K.A The List)

It was a dark and stormy night, long, long ago, in a land far, far away, called My First Marriage. I was sitting peacefully in front of the television while my first husband. And he had just watched his first episode of Friends. It was painful getting to this point. I had endured a weekly argument before each new episode because he insisted on hating a show he had never seen. I wanted nothing more than to sit peacefully and…

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